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Author comes to Helmsley to sign copies of humorous tale about the Cleveland Way

The Cut Price Book Store in Helmsley is to host a book signing on Sunday 8th May with the author of a novel which follows the true – and amusing – tale of seven young men walking the famous Cleveland Way in 1974.

‘We’ll Have a Laugh’ details the humorous, and at times challenging, experiences the boys face as they hike along the well known track. The book is full of nostalgia around life in the 70s, especially the music of the glam rock era.

Helmsley itself features in the book, as the starting point of The Cleveland Way and where the adventure begins.

The author, Andrew Nichols, will be at the Cut Price Book Store, on Helmsley’s Market Place, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Andrew was born in Grantham in 1957 and lived with his family on their poultry farm in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir. He was inspired to take on the Cleveland Way by his father, a Yorkshire-man. He and his family emigrated to Tasmania, Australia, in 1982 and Andrew ran a farm there up until early 2014 when he returned to the UK and the British countryside he loves. The book had been in the back of his mind for all those years and on arriving back on British soil he took some time out to re-walk parts of The Cleveland Way and to start putting pen to paper. The book was published in October 2015 by Melrose Books and retails at £7.99.  

In November 2015 Andrew visited his family in Tasmania and also launched the book in Australia.

Author Andrew Nichol said: “Coming back to Helmsley brings to mind some wonderful memories of those days back in 1974! Whilst writing the book I got in touch with all of the other hikers and they all say the experience was a milestone in their lives and something they will never forget. We were, and still are, a very diverse group with strong characters and differing interests.  I am the bird-watching countryman, three were members of a rock band, there is a religious history buff, the school sports captain and an excitable Greek who was prone to saying inappropriate things at inappropriate moments. It all made for quite an adventure! I hope the book inspires others to follow in our footsteps and walk this totally unique route which combines moor and coast in a way no other can.”

Anne Wilson, manager of the Cut Price Book Store, added: “It’s a real honour to have Andrew visiting us to sign copies of his book. I know it’s going to be a big hit with our customers – both locals and tourists will find it both fascinating and hilarious in equal measure!”

The Cleveland Way runs 110 miles in a horseshoe shape from Helmsley to Filey, skirting the North York Moors National Park. The trail officially opened in 1969.

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